Frank Ross did his best to help Amherst County start off the season on the right foot against Salem.
But a come-from-behind victory by the Spartans in week one meant Ross and the Lancers had to go back to the drawing board.
"The first loss was very tough. We had to come back out and show everybody that we were about to do this," Ross said.
It didn't take long to see what Ross was about to do in week two against GW Danville. In fact, it only took one snap.
"My line blocked great, and from the first play of the game, we scored. I came out and scored, and I knew it was going to be a good game from there," Ross said.
The first carry was one of 22 on the night for Ross, who turned them into 363 yards and five touchdowns on the way to the 55-45 win.
The rest of the team has taken notice of what the junior has been able to do throughout the first two weeks of the season.
"Oh, he's come a long way. I've been playing football with him since we were little kids, so I mean, he's come a long way, and I'm proud to see him like that," Amherst Senior Quarterback Keshon Turner said.
"We saw some speed that we hadn't necessarily seen yet. That's a credit to him, a credit to the offensive line doing what they need to do to open up holes, but it was a huge lift for our team. He's a gamer," Amherst Head Coach Cecil Philips said.
"He shows up on Friday nights. He, obviously, practices hard throughout the course of the week. We knew he had potential, been watching him the past couple of years on JV, and knew he had potential to be a very good back."
His ability to be a good back runs in the family, as he continues to fill the shoes of Amherst's leading rusher from a year ago, his own cousin Jerry Page.
"I have to do the same thing that Page did last year. Being able to step into this role and take over what my cousin did last year, it means a whole lot to me," Ross said.
It also means a whole lot to the Lancers, who will need him to continue to step up throughout the season in order to accomplish their goals as a team.
"We can run the ball, and we can throw the ball. If we can keep running like that, ain't no one that can stop us. Just let it keep happening," Turner said.
"It's very important that he keeps hanging in there, and keeps having solid performances. Being able to rush the football is one of the things that we have to be able to hang our hat on," Philips said.
Frank says he's ready to shoulder the load.
"Seeing it pay off, means a lot," Ross said.